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Bloch: Check your boots!

A cooling trend toward the end of August can mean only one thing to a lot of people — hunting season must be fast approaching, and it’s high time to get ready. Following is a smattering of things you might do to make sure that opening day is memorable for all the right reasons.

Cycling tourists could bring Walla Walla big money

Making Walla Walla bike friendly would draw more cyclists and their tourism dollars.

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Man stops in Walla Walla on 50-50 disc golf quest

Larry Kirk makes a stop in Walla Walla as part of his plan to play disc golf in 50 states in 50 days.

New Zealand Cup boss accuses Oracle of cheating

The head of America’s Cup challenger Emirates Team New Zealand accused defending champion Oracle Team USA of cheating in the latest controversy in sailing’s premier regatta.

Strange fish invade Washington waters

Fish not normally seen in this area are making appearances more often this summer.

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The case of the too-Crooked River

A fish-friendly project would undo the unnaturally sharp turns of the tortuous Crooked River.

Denny: Songbirds start annual migrations

Remember that bird migration to the south that has been ongoing since late June? Well August is the center of passerine migration. These are the song birds like sparrows, warblers, orioles, vireos, hummingbirds, tanagers, grosbeaks and many flycatchers/kingbirds.

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Sun Lakes features water, warmth, wonders

SUN LAKES/DRY FALLS STATE PARK, Grant County — Where else in the state of Washington can you go for a seven-minute hike and witness the results of an underwater tornado?

Anglers help boost Clearwater salmon stocks

LEWISTON — There is fishing to fill your freezer, fishing for fun and then there is fishing for the future.

Big-game biologist has to take his lumps

SPOKANE — Although not in the job description for a wildlife biologist, it helps if you can take a punch.

Elk to feel fire’s impact

YAKIMA — Last week, state wildlife biologists were going to begin tagging bulls in the Colockum elk herd in hopes of getting a better idea of the winter movement patterns of male elk that can often be hard to spot during population surveys.

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Prime Predator: Coyotes ravage livestock, pets

Coyotes may not be as dangerous as wolves or cougars, but they kill vastly more livestock and pets.

Bloch: SCTP aims to involve youth in shooting sports

One of the most gratifying things to happen recently in the shooting sports is the near-explosive growth in the numbers of women, children, and families who have discovered the fun of target shooting.

Kid’s Fishing Day set at Jubilee Lake on Sunday

TOLLGATE — The annual Kid’s Fishing Day at Jubilee Lake is open to kids 14 years old and younger and runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Alaskan rockfish just 64, not 200 years old

A Seattle man’s big catch turns out to be just big, not record-breakingly old.